Professions in the Movies

Many professions are portrayed in movies.  Depending on the particular movie, the profession in question is seen as noble, corrupt or just a way to make a living.  The professions portrayed in movies include:

Reporters as portrayed in All the Presidents Men, The China Syndrome and Good Night, and Good Luck are seen as persons dedicated to the truth and uncovering corruption.

Secretaries as portrayed in 9to5, The Temp and Working Girl aren’t meek order takers. In 9to5 and Working Girl they know the business just as well, if not better, than their boss.  In The Temp, a secretary is willing to murder in order to get ahead.

Teachers run the gamut in the movies from tough-as-nails-I’ll-make-my-own-rules teacher in Dangerous Minds to the accidental mentor of Mr. Holland’s Opus to the “Yes you can!” teacher of October Sky.

Creative people don’t occupy the world of 9 to 5, that’s for sure.  In The Agony and The Ecstasy, artists are seen as having a dedication to their art that only fellow artists would understand. In Finding Forrester, writers are seen as insightful and sometimes quirky persons who do what they can to survive in the world they live in, be it play basketball or remain homebound. In Mo’Better Blues musicians are seen as being devoted to their music and everything else must bow to that fact.

Blue Collar Workers
In Norma Rae, blue collar workers are seen as persons who for what they lack in formal education, make up for it in their determination for a better life for themselves and their children. The same could be said for the little known Richard Pryor film Blue Collar, except that in that movie, the main characters burglarize not organize.

Of course, a movie is not the place to look for career information because a person is going to get a good parts only version. Taking reporters as an example, most reporters don’t start out uncovering corruption. They start out covering city council meetings or school board meetings and those meetings aren’t always exciting. Yet, the movies mentioned and other like them have a point to make. Sometimes it takes a secretary or blue collar worker to bring that point home.



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